Early Music


From the medieval age through to the flow­er­ing of the Renais­sance musi­cal styles are instru­ments were evolv­ing towards what the stan­dard­ised instru­ments we know today. Music was per­formed in small groups, some­times on the move, some­times for pay­ing patrons, some­times for fun. Man­dolins, jaw harps, shawms, fifes, drums and rebecs are just a few of the instru­ments com­mon to the time which (with the excep­tion of the drum) have evolved into oth­er instru­ments, their old names for­got­ten.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://music.radioriel.org. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Edward Pearse.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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